In order to keep pace with the changing demands of our distance learning master’s students and to take advantage of advances in technology, in 2016 the interactive delivery of the LLM Employment Law in Practice began, replacing the traditional work book style delivery. The new model delivery is designed to encourage and support the distance learning students to become part of a collaborative learning community. The delivery of the module is via Blackboard and includes discussion boards, virtual classrooms using Blackboard collaborate, and materials provided through the eXe learning tool. The design is to encourage online communities to flourish by offering a variety of opportunities for the students to interact with their peers. The eXe learning tool is an open source authoring application to assist academics in providing materials electronically on the web, but do not require the academic to have advanced programming skills etc. The finished materials offer a much more modern look that is user friendly and a digestible method of providing the materials. The application means that the students can keep pace and measure their learning as it offers a wide variety of instant formative feedback. The summative assessment is also marked electronically giving the student instant access to their mark, individual feedback and feedforward comments. This paper explores our journey from old style delivery to a modern technology based online delivery. The trials and tribulations, the significant development of our information technology skills, the lessons learned and initial student feedback from a cohort who had optional access to both types of delivery.
|Publication status||Published - 7 Apr 2017|
|Event||SLSA Annual Conference - Newcastle University|
Duration: 7 Apr 2017 → …
|Conference||SLSA Annual Conference|
|Period||7/04/17 → …|